Thursday, May 28, 2015

Check out Square Enix Play Arts Kai Star Wars Variant 1/7th scale Darth Maul action figure

Square Enix has announced that their next Play Arts Kai Variant figure is going to be none other than Darth Maul from "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace". Just like with other Star Wars figures the company has done, Darth Maul is a ‘variant’, meaning they added a special Play Arts twist to the classic character design.

Though, unlike many of the figures they have announced so far, Darth Maul actually didn’t receive that big of a make over. Looking at the images below, you can clearly tell that it’s Darth Maul very much how he appeared in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.


Unlike the Square Enix Play Arts Kai Star Wars Variant 1/7th scale Stormtrooper (previewed earlier on my toy blog HERE) which looked very different for his film version, this Play Arts Kai Darth Maul doesn't look very far off from his screen persona, just like the Play Arts Kai Darth Vader (posted HERE). Personally, I am more excited about getting my hands on the Square Enix Play Arts Kai Star Wars Variant 1/7th scale Boba Fett which IMHO looks pretty awesome - see the pictures posted HERE.

This redesign of Star Wars Darth Maul is still a nice variation in keeping with the Play Arts Kai variant series started by Square Enix. The figure is currently expected to start shipping in August 2015 for approximately USD$125.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Check out Dam Toys 1/6th scale OSN Saturn Jail Spetsnaz FSIN Special Police 12-inch figure

OSN Saturn (ОСН Сатурн УФСИН России по г. Москве; Otdel Spetsialnogo Naznacheniya Saturn) is the Moscow department of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) special purpose unit. Saturn was formed in April 1992 as a part of the Moscow Department of Punishment Execution (UIN) under the Ministry of the Interior. In 2006, the UIN system (including all regional departments and special purpose units) was renamed the Federal Penitentiary Service, and was moved from the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Interior to the Russian Ministry of Justice. The Saturn unit is also often called "Jail Spetsnaz". Current duties include: Preventing crimes in Moscow detention facilities, Anti-riot actions in detention facilities, Search and arrest of escaped criminals, Securing special operations, Hostage rescue in detention facilities, Counter-terrorism actions in detention facilities, Personal security for Ministry of Justice and court officials.

The Saturn unit participated in the First Chechen War, including the storming of Grozny in December 1994-January 1995, and in the Second Chechen War. In summer 2000, Saturn officers protected PACE delegates during their visit to the Chechen Republic.


Dam Toys 1/6th scale OSN Saturn Jail Spetsnaz FSIN Special Police 12-inch figure will come with 1/6 scale head sculpt, Dam action 2.0 body, 3-hole balaclava (black), hands x 4, helmet, helmet visor, shirt (blk), combat suit (blk), combat pants (blk), belt (blk), leather belt(blk), assault boots (blk), armor MOLLE vest, M24 assault vest (blk), VX radio, 9A-91 compact assault rifle with rifle magazine x3, rifle silencer, rifle sling, Kobra red dot, Kobra red dot mount and hood, PP-91 KEDR submachine gun with silencer, 20-round magazine, 30-round magazine x2, gun sling, Police Tonfa polypropylene and holder, handcuffs, AK74 bayonet and scabbard, elbow pads (blk), functional arm shield (blk), hard-shell shin guard, ID patches x6

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Preview Sen-Ti-Nel Tatsunoko Heroes Fighting Gear - Gatchaman G-2 18cm tall action figure

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Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (科学忍者隊ガッチャマン Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman) is a five-member superhero team composed of the main characters of several anime created by Tatsuo Yoshida, originally produced in Japan by Tatsunoko Productions and later adapted into several English-language versions. The team is also known as Gatchaman.

The original series, produced in 1972, was eponymously entitled Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman and is best known in the English-speaking world as the adaptation entitled Battle of the Planets (1978). The series had additional English adaptations with G-Force: Guardians of Space (1986).

Most of the team are in their late teens, except for Jinpei (who is about ten or eleven years old). They include Ken Washio, the team leader and tactical expert; Jō Asakura, his second-in-command marksman and weapons expert; Jun, the team's electronics and demolitions expert; Jinpei, the youngest and the reconnaissance expert, an adopted brother of Jun, and Ryū Nakanishi, the ship's pilot. The main characters wear teen clothing with T-shirts numbered to show their rank in the team or caped, birdlike battle uniforms.


This is Sentinel International Co., Ltd. Tatsunoko Heroes Fighting Gear - Gatchaman G-2 Joe 18 cm tall action figure. Going by the preview pictures released, it looks like these figures will have amazing articulation with light-up chest emblems and they look pretty damn awesome!

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Preview Sen-Ti-Nel Tatsunoko Heroes Fighting Gear - Gatchaman G-1 18cm tall action figure

Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (科学忍者隊ガッチャマン Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman) is a five-member superhero team composed of the main characters of several anime created by Tatsuo Yoshida, originally produced in Japan by Tatsunoko Productions and later adapted into several English-language versions. The team is also known as Gatchaman.

The original series, produced in 1972, was eponymously entitled Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman and is best known in the English-speaking world as the adaptation entitled Battle of the Planets (1978). The series had additional English adaptations with G-Force: Guardians of Space (1986).

Most of the team are in their late teens, except for Jinpei (who is about ten or eleven years old). They include Ken Washio, the team leader and tactical expert; Jō Asakura, his second-in-command marksman and weapons expert; Jun, the team's electronics and demolitions expert; Jinpei, the youngest and the reconnaissance expert, an adopted brother of Jun, and Ryū Nakanishi, the ship's pilot. The main characters wear teen clothing with T-shirts numbered to show their rank in the team or caped, birdlike battle uniforms.


It looks like Sentinel International Co., Ltd. will be releasing both Tatsunoko Heroes Fighting Gear - Gatchaman G-1 Ken 18 cm tall action figures. Going by the preview pictures released, it looks like these figures will have amazing articulation with light-up chest emblems and they look pretty damn awesome!

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Comparison pictures of various 1:6 scale Wolverine figures from the different X-Men films

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Here's a group picture of some of the 12-inch Wolverine figures I have. I wanted to show how different the earlier released 1:6 scale Wolverine head sculpts compare with the latest released version. It's nice to see the improvements made and the sculpting skills of the artists at Hot Toys. In the picture below, there are the two Medicom Toy released 1:6 scale Wolverine action figures right in front - Medicom RAH (Real Action Hero) Marvel Comics Wolverine and X-Men: The Last Stand - Wolverine. These were offered years before any of the Hot Toys Wolverine hit the 12-inch figure scene. Medicom Toy Wolverine (Marvel comics version) even came with an extra snarling Logan head sculpt - you can see the pictures and review posted earlier on my toy blog HERE.


The Wolverine in the center of the picture is actually a kitbashed Wolverine from "X-Men: The Last Stand". I managed to find a 1/6 scale Wolverine head sculpt and a "X-Men: The Last Stand" 1/6 scale Wolverine costume / outfit with claw hands separately but on the same day at a flea market for less than USD$100 so I decided to put this figure together. You can check out my earlier post HERE for more pictures. The other two Wolverine 12-inch figures at the back of the picture are Hot Toys Wolverine figures. There were fake "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" being sold on e-bay and Hot Toys cautioned people against buying the fake ones thinking they were original - see my post HERE

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Square Enix Play Arts Kai Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – Burning Man action figure

According to Metal Gear Wiki: Yevgeny Borisovitch Volgin (Russian: Евгений Борисович Волгин), also known as Thunderbolt, was a Stalinist GRU colonel, as well as the strategic operations commander of the Soviet Union, who attempted to seize control of the Soviet Union by overthrowing Nikita Khrushchev and installing Leonid Brezhnev and Alexei Kosygin in his place. Volgin was an extremely strong man, even for his large size. He combined his tremendous strength and skills with unexplained ability of electrical manipulation, gaining him the nickname "Thunderbolt" in the West.

In Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, an apparition appears that bears some resemblance to a demonic version of the then-long deceased Volgin. He wears a bandolier of bullets on his chest and a tattered suit very similar to the ones worn by Volgin in the latter stages of Operation Snake Eater (when his coat had been removed). The positioning of the bullets between his knuckles also confirms The Burning Man's identity.


This will be Square Enix Play Arts Kai 1/7th scale Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – Burning Man action figure. The beautifully sculpted figure is based on a character from the highly anticipated Metal Gear Solid V video game, which is due in September. The character is seen in the trailer for the game. The Burning Man includes pieces to display him naturally, or as if he is on fire. It includes swappable chest pieces, fire effects, multiple hands, and a figure stand. This figure certainly has a nice vibe to it. I don't particularly like the human heads sculpted by the Square Enix sculptors for their Play Arts Kai series which is why I stayed away from the line for so long but the figures with masks / helmets look very good.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Preview Square Enix Play Arts Kai Marvel Variant 1/7 scale Asgardian god of thunder Thor

Square Enix has now extended their Play Arts Kai Variant line to a third Marvel comic character (previous previews were of Iron Man - pictures HERE, and Spider-Man - posted earlier on my toy blog HERE) and that is Thor, the Asgardian god of thunder based on the Norse mythological deity of the same name. The company has officially unveiled its new take on Thor, and seldom has Marvel’s god of thunder looked so pumped, so angry and so heavy metal-like.

It's a rather interesting take for the character and closer to the comic book version than Iron Man was. Square Enix has given their Play Arts Kai Marvel Variant 1/7 scale Asgardian god of thunder Thor bulging veins, armor, and a hammer that’s half Thor’s height, in other words, HUGE. The swinging Mjolnir attachment and lightning effect are nice touches.


Square Enix is continuing with the Marvel line the same way they have gone with DC Variants and they are certainly giving us more options in terms of which action figure to get. Targeted for release in September 2015 for about USD$122, the figure also comes with three pairs of interchangeable hands, a plastic cape, swappable face and a display stand.

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The Amazing Spider-Man Spider-Man Premium Format™ Figure by Sideshow Collectibles

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“Hey kids, don’t try this at home!”

Joining our immensely popular Marvel Premium Format™ Figure collection, Sideshow Collectibles is proud to present the Amazing Spider-Man!

There’s never a dull moment for Peter Parker when he puts on his iconic red and blue costume to become the Amazing Spider-Man! Everyone’s favorite high-flying, wise-cracking web-head is at it again – out to save the day in this fantastically sculpted gravity-defying composition. Captured just moments away from certain doom, the acrobatic hero effortlessly launches himself above Green Goblin’s explosive pumpkin bombs and out of harm’s way. Featuring two expressive swap out portraits, you can see his Spidey senses tingling as the sharp-eyed web-slinger locates his next target and takes aim. A stunning tribute to his action-packed comic book legacy, this is the ultimate must-have for fans of Spider-Man!


The one great thing about statues are the dynamic poses :) Unfortunately, statues are limited to that one and only stance so the final product or pose has to be top notch which this particular statue is. This pose of out friendly neighborhood superhero and web-slinger Spider-Man leaping and getting ready to shoot his web for a swing to safety really takes the cake. Sideshow Collectibles The Amazing Spider-Man Spider-Man Premium Format™ Figure measures 25.25" H (641.35mm) x 13" W (330.2mm) x 10" L (254mm)

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Hot Toys Avengers: Age of Ultron 1/6th scale Iron Man Mark XLV 12-inch Collectible Figure

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In Marvel’s latest box office topping blockbuster, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tony Stark donned the brand Iron Man Mark XLV new armor with a new female Artificial Intelligence Friday for the Avengers’ final showdown with Ultron!

Many fans are fascinated with this new Iron Man Mark XLV armor’s unique streamline and extremely sleek design! And today, Hot Toys is very excited to officially present the collectible figure that many fans and collectors have been craving for – the 1/6th scale Mark XLV Collectible Figure!

The Iron Man Mark XLV is the 300th Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series collectible figure and it is also the latest addition to our MMS Diecast Series which the collectible figures are made of diecast material, and realistically designed to look even more like the armor as it appears in the film.


The movie-accurate Iron Man Mark XLV Collectible Figure is highly detailed and sophisticatedly crafted based on the image of the armor in the film featuring a meticulously sculpted armored body, specially applied metallic red, gold and silver colored paint with weathered effects, LED light-up Arc Reactor with hexagonal-shaped indent on chest, and a specially designed diorama base with a detachable damaged Ultron Sentry (Prime)!

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Hot Toys MMS299 Avengers: Age of Ultron 1/6th scale Iron Legion 31cm tall Collectible Figure

“We are here to help.”

In Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, the tech genius Tony Stark built new armored drones named Iron Legion to assist the Avengers during their missions. However, when Tony Stark tried to create the Ultron Program, the artificial intelligence rebelled and used the Iron Legion against Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the Avengers Tower!

Hot Toys is pleased to officially introduce today the 1/6th scale Iron Legion Collectible Figure from the exciting blockbuster! The movie-accurate Iron Legion Collectible Figure is specially crafted based on its image in Avengers: Age of Ultron. It features a finely created armored body, metallic red, white, and blue colored on armor with weathered effects and Avengers decals, interchangeable armor parts, and a specially designed figure stand.


Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series MMS299 Avengers: Age of Ultron: 1/6th scale Iron Legion Collectible Figure specially features: Authentic and detailed likeness of Iron Legion in Avengers: Age of Ultron, LED-lighted eyes and rectangular-shaped RT on chest (white light, battery operated), Approximately 31 cm tall with Over 25 points of articulations

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Preview Phicen Ltd & Executive Replicas 1/6th scale Liesel Van Helsing 12-inch female figure

Get ready to drive a stake into every black vampire heart with Liesel Van Helsing from Zenescope Entertainment's Van Helsing series! Packed with British wit and an armament of weapons, Van Helsing is ready for anything. Hand-crafted in her signature outfit of fishnets and trench coat with steam-punk accents for optimum hunting. Made with Phicen's Seamless body and stainless steel skeleton, this figure offers a multitude of poses.

Daughter of famed inventor and vampire slayer, Abraham Van Helsing, Liesel Van Helsing continues her father's legacy. She is a women living outside of her time, hailing from the seventeenth century. However, mystical events pulled her out of that time and into present day. During the day, Van Helsing spends her time creating new tools of vampiric destruction. At night, she employs those tools upon the legions of the undead. Unlike others in the Grimm Universe, Van Helsing relies entirely upon her wits in order to outsmart her super-powered foes. Add her to your collection now and fight back against the children of the night!


This Phicen Ltd & Executive Replicas 1/6th scale Liesel Van Helsing 12-inch female figure set includes: Head sculpt with rooted hair, Phicen new super flexible seamless body, Interchangeable hands x 6 pcs, Choker, Mini crossbow, Arrow 5 pcs, Quiver, Shotgun, Holster for shotgun, Bullet for shotgun x 2 pcs (loaded in the gun), Bullet bag, Sword, Monster revealing glasses, Wooden stake and silver stake 5 pcs each (with 5 arrowss packed together), Hat, Trench Coat, Top, Tight pants, Belt, Black fishnet hose, Boots, Stand and brackets

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

DID 1/6 'Miyazawa Kazuo' Imperial Japanese Navy Zero Fighter Pilot (International Version)

The Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service was the air arm of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. The organization was responsible for the operation of naval aircraft and the conduct of aerial warfare in the Pacific War. Japanese navy aviators, like their Army counterparts, preferred maneuverable aircraft, leading to lightly built but extraordinarily agile types, most famously the A6M Zero, which achieved its feats by sacrificing armor and self-sealing fuel tanks.

The Japanese pilot training program was very selective and rigorous, producing a high-quality and long-serving pilot corps, who ruled the air in the Pacific during early World War II. However, the long duration of the training program, combined with a shortage of gasoline for training, did not allow the Navy to rapidly provide qualified replacements in sufficient numbers.


The Kamikaze ("divine" or "spirit wind"), officially Tokubetsu Kōgekitai ("Special Attack Unit"), abbreviated as Tokkō Tai, and used as a verb as Tokkō ("special attack"), were suicide attacks by military aviators from the Empire of Japan against Allied naval vessels in the closing stages of the Pacific campaign of World War II, designed to destroy warships more effectively than was possible with conventional attacks. Kamikaze aircraft were essentially pilot-guided explosive missiles, purpose-built or converted from conventional aircraft. Pilots would attempt to crash their aircraft into enemy ships in what was called a "body attack" in planes laden with some combination of explosives, bombs, torpedoes and full fuel tanks; accuracy was much better than a conventional attack, the payload and explosion larger.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Check out the pretty Kotobukiya DC Comics 1/7 scale Black Canary Bishoujo 9.5-inch tall Statue

Kotobukiya proudly presents the next entry in their lineup of Bishoujo statues based on the superheroines and villains of DC Comics with the long-awaited Black Canary! A fierce martial artist who uses an ultrasonic “Canary Cry” in her battle against evil, Dinah Laurel Lance has served alongside the Justice League, Birds of Prey, and many other famous heroes including her longtime romantic partner Green Arrow. Black Canary makes her stunning debut in the Bishoujo series with traditional Japanese “pretty girl” styling based on a new character interpretation by Shunya Yamashita!


Dinah Lance stands triumphant on the field of battle, reaching for the stars while rocking her classic costume. The Justice Leaguer is posed leaning slightly on one leg, her body angled with both hands up and her right arm held straight into the air. Black Canary’s sexy costume consists of a sleek bodysuit, high heeled boots, leather jacket, and gloves, all in shiny black. Of course she also wears her iconic fishnet stockings and bright blonde wig! Dinah is intricately detailed in both sculpt and paint application with clothing elements, hair movement, and a beautiful bishoujo-styled face.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Hot Toys MMS264 "X-Men: Days of Future Past" 1/6th scale Wolverine 12-inch Figure Review II

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If you were to google "X-Men: Days of Future Past", you will notice that Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) doesn't have that many poses for the film's promotional posters and the pose below is very close to one of those poses, although Wolverine shows more teeth on the promo material. This is the recently released Hot Toys MMS264 "X-Men: Days of Future Past" 1/6th scale Wolverine 12-inch Collectible Figure which is an authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in "X-Men: Days of Future Past". "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is a 2014 superhero film based on the fictional X-Men characters that appear in Marvel Comics. The story, inspired by the 1981 Uncanny X-Men storyline "Days of Future Past" produced by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, focuses on two time periods and Wolverine going to 1973 to save the future of mankind.


I covered the box packaging, contents and accessories in my first-part review in the earlier post HERE, so this second toy blog post is just to show off the figure in different poses. Hot Toys "Days of Future Past" Wolverine comes with an approximately 30 cm tall muscular body with over 30 points of articulations and you do get the articulations from this figure, unlike some other Hot Toys figures where the articulation is restricted by the fabric clothing / costume they are wearing. Wolverine's specially tailored future battle suit with armor parts allows his arms to move freely as the material used is a stretchable fabric. The armor parts are glued onto the costume and does not hamper his movements either. The main armor piece over his body is also not so tight and it does not restrict his mobility. Overall a pretty agile figure for posing and display. But then Wolverine is not Nightcrawler or Spider-Man so you don't expect him to get into extreme poses either. Even when he fights, it's always up close and bare claws. Not so much ninja moves but more animalistic and beast-like, especially when he gets his berserker rage on!

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Square Enix Play Arts Kai DC Comics Variant 1/7th scale Batman figure by Tetsuya Nomura

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Tetsuya Nomura is a Japanese video game artist, designer and director working for Square Enix. He designed characters for the Final Fantasy series, debuting with Final Fantasy V and continuing with various later installments. He received the "Excellence in Visual Arts" award by the International Game Developers Association for his work on the first Kingdom Hearts game, alongside Shinji Hashimoto. (source: wiki)

This is Tetsuya Nomura's version of Batman. This re-imagined version of Batman looks more demon than bat, more final fantasy than comic book and more manga / anime than he has ever been. The very long and large ears does remind one of Zoltar, the main villain of the series "Battle of the Planets", an American loose adaptation of the Japanese "Gatchaman".


Square Enix Play Arts Kai DC Comics Variant 1/7th scale Batman figure by Tetsuya Nomura looks very heavily armored and instead of a cape, he has wings like a bat's, with extra arms that fold when the wings are retracted and extend when the wings are open. It's definitely something that I can see coming out of an anime but not very DC; more of a Japanese type of thing than a Western influence. With his wings, this re-imagined Batman obviously has no need for a Batmobile, Bat-plane or Bat-pod because any one of his vehicles / transport would have to be massive to accommodate his wings.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Pre-order Sideshow Collectibles DC Comics Red Son Superman 25-inch Premium Format Figure

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Let our enemies beware, there is only one superpower now.

What if Superman had been raised in the Soviet Union, to become their greatest weapon? Based on the hero of the critically acclaimed Elseworlds mini-series by Mark Millar, Sideshow Collectibles is proud to introduce Superman - Red Son Premium Format™ Figure.


In an alternate reality, the Comrade of Steel shows his true colors, dressed in a red and grey costume which ominously reflects the militaristic look of the Cold War era. Expertly sculpted in one quarter scale, the champion of the common worker stands 25 inches tall over his Soviet insignia, where he fights the never-ending battle for Stalin, socialism, and the international expansion of the Warsaw Pact. Soon to be joined by his ally Wonder Woman, and the vigilante Batmankoff, comic book fans prepare yourselves for the ultimate Superman: Red Son collection!

Sideshow Collectibles DC Comics Red Son Superman 25-inch Premium Format™ Figure measures 25" H (635mm) x 16" W (406.4mm) x 12" L (304.8mm). Scroll down to see all the pictures. Click on them for bigger and better views.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Hot Toys MMS296 "Avengers: Age of Ultron" 1/6th scale Vision 12-inch Collectible Figure

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“Well, I was born yesterday.”

One of the biggest highlights of the record-breaking Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is the introduction of the new characters in the film! Originally planned to be the perfect “evolution” for Ultron, the Avengers was able to retrieve the android Vision and made him a valuable ally for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to stop Ultron from eradicating mankind!

Today, Hot Toys is excited to present the humanoid hero that many fans have been waiting for – the 1/6th scale Vision Collectible Figure!


The movie-accurate Vision Collectible Figure is specially crafted based on his image in Avengers: Age of Ultron. It features a newly developed head sculpt with detailed texture and Mind Stone, specially tailored costume and cape, Thor’s hammer Mjölnir, and a specially designed figure stand.

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Review 1: Hot Toys MMS264 "X-Men: Days of Future Past" 1/6th Wolverine 12-inch Figure

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" is a 2014 superhero film based on the fictional X-Men characters that appear in Marvel Comics. The story, inspired by the 1981 Uncanny X-Men storyline "Days of Future Past" produced by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, focuses on two time periods and Wolverine going to 1973 to save the future of mankind.

Convinced that mutants pose a threat to humanity, Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) develops the Sentinels, enormous robotic weapons that can detect a mutant gene and zero in on that person. In the 21st century, the Sentinels have evolved into highly efficient killing machines. With mutants now facing extinction, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) volunteers to go back in time and rally the X-Men of the past to help change a pivotal moment in history and thereby save their future.


Hot Toys MMS264 "X-Men: Days of Future Past" 1/6th scale Wolverine 12-inch Collectible Figure is an authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in "X-Men: Days of Future Past". It is Wolverine of the future so he has some grey / white hair and he wears a specially-tailored future Wolverine battle suit with armor parts, including knee armor and black armored boots. Of all the X-Men in the comics and movies / films, Wolverine is the only mutant who has been replicated most in 1:6 scale, mostly by Hot Toys. There were other X-Men in all the movies as well as super villains but we haven't seen any of them materialize. Professor X / Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) from 2011's "X-Men: First Class" almost made it but he got canned - Check out a picture of the 12-inch figure on display at STGCC2012 HERE

I guess Wolverine is the only figure that brings in the dough for Hot Toys as far as the X-Men is concerned. Money talks in the real world and the other X-Men just don't have the pulling power to warrant a space on the display shelf which is quite sad since many collectors would like to see the whole team assembled. Guess the only team that made it to completion is the Avengers. Every other team has fallen by the wayside after one or two members were released. It is looking like Guardians of the Galaxy will be missing Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) because nothing has been heard or seen of him and Hot Toys has been keeping real quiet about the whole issue. Well, as they say in show business, we have to get on with the show.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Check out Square Enix Play Arts Kai "Batman: Arkham Knight" 1/7 Arkham Knight action figure

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Arkham Knight is a new villain in Gotham and an antithetical version of Batman. He wears a militaristic Batsuit and an Arkham symbol on his chest. He is one of the main antagonists in Batman: Arkham Knight and seems to have an unknown connection with the Dark Knight. The Arkham Knight dons a militaristic version of the bat-suit meant to mock Batman's appearance. The inside of his helmet gives him a heads up display of his troops throughout Gotham and the ears relay his commands to his troops. By using the Arkham symbol on his chest plate he inflicts psychological warfare on Batman reminding him of the past Arkham events. The chest plate also acts as a countermeasure to the Batclaw.


Check out Square Enix Play Arts Kai Arkham Knight action figure from "Batman: Arkham Knight". From Square Enix: With mechanical armor and army fatigues, this figure shows off a wide range of different realistic textures. During sculpting we paid special attention to keeping a sharp silhouette all around. His helmet, that looks very similar to that of the BATMAN, has a translucent visor. There are two interchangeable helmet pieces: one to recreate his default appearance, and a second one painted so as to give off a glowing eye effect. Other accessories include: a sniper rifle, two handguns, and three interchangeable hands to allow for a variety of action poses.

I'm beginning to appreciate the figures that Square Enix are putting out in their Play Arts Kai series. I already got the Square Enix Play Arts Kai "Batman: Arkham Origins" Batman 10.5-inch action figure (reviewed in my toy blog HERE and HERE) as well as the Square Enix Play Arts Kai "Batman: Arkham Origins" Deathstroke 10-inch (25.5 cm) action figure review HERE, HERE and HERE so this one's going on the pre-order list as well :)

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VERY COOL 1/6th scale Debuting of The Holy Man Collectible Figure with 2 Head Sculpts

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The Holy Man inherited the legacy with a thousand of years past in silence, the Holy Man went through every hardships to travel thousands of mile alone for pursuing the ultimate spirit realm of Buddhism...

VERY COOL DZS-001 1/6th scale Debuting of The Holy Man features Interchangeable Head Sculpts x 2 (Normal and Eye-Closed Expression), Heightened Figure Body, Silk Cassock, Silk Robe, Pants, Scarf, Pair of Leg Bandage, Pair of Socks, Pair of Sandals with Straps, Waist Strap with Metal Beads, Leather Loin Cloth, Armed Guard x 2, Cane Roller x 2, Bamboo Hat, Alloy Wand, Flexible Metal Waist Clip, Stone-Shaped Display Stand.


The only Kung Fu monks I know come from Shaolin temple in China and are featured in the many movies I've seen growing up in this part of the world. Shaolin Kung Fu, also called Shaolin Wushu is among the oldest institutionalized style of Chinese martial arts. Shaolin kung fu originated and was developed in the Buddhist Shaolin temple in Henan province, China. During the 1500 years of its development, Shaolin kung fu, with its rich content, became one of the largest schools of kung fu.

I'm not too sure who this Holy Man is supposed to be but he does appear to be a video games character created and developed by Tencent Games and is an officially licensed product being released by Very Cool.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Pre-order ThreeZero 1/6th scale Game of Thrones Jon Snow approx. 12" collectible figure

More men with swords (see previous post HERE)

Introduced in 1996's A Game of Thrones, Jon is the illegitimate son of Eddard Stark, the honorable lord of Winterfell, an ancient fortress in the North of the fictional kingdom of Westeros. He subsequently appeared in Martin's A Clash of Kings (1998) and A Storm of Swords (2000). Jon is portrayed by Kit Harington on the HBO series Game of Thrones. In 2012, Harington was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television for the role.

The next figure in Threezero's 1/6th scale Game of Thrones collectible figure line is Jon Snow and now it’s time for pre-order details and to share their work with you. Jon Snow will be offered for pre-order at threezerostore.com for a limited time beginning on May 15th 9:00AM Hong Kong. Threezerostore Exclusive deluxe 2-Pack set consist of Jon Snow and resin statue of his albino direwolf Ghost.


Jon Snow single version price at threezerostore.com is 160USD / 1250HKD with worldwide shipping included in the price. And USD 190 / HKD 1480 with worldwide shipping included in the price for threezerostore Exclusive deluxe 2-Pack set of Jon Snow with direwolf Ghost.

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Preview Asmus Toys "Lord of the Rings" 1:6 scale Aragorn "Strider the Ranger" 12-inch figure

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings (1954–1955). It is the first installment in the The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, and was followed by The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003), based on the second and third volumes of The Lord of the Rings.

Viggo Mortensen stars as Aragorn "Strider" Elessar II: a Dúnedain ranger and heir to Gondor's throne. Aragorn was a Ranger of the North, first introduced with the name Strider at Bree, as the Hobbits continued to call him throughout The Lord of the Rings. He was eventually discovered to be the heir of Isildur and rightful claimant to the thrones of Arnor and Gondor. He was also a confidant of Gandalf and an integral part of the quest to destroy the One Ring and defeat the Dark Lord Sauron. He led the Fellowship of the Ring following the loss of Gandalf in the Mines of Moria.


Asmus Toys "Lord of the Rings" 1:6 scale Aragorn "Strider the Ranger" 12-inch figure FEATURES: An authentic likeness of actor Viggo Mortensen in 1:6 scale, Approximately 30 cm tall Asmus Toys KP01A+ male body with over 36 points of articulation; One pair of relaxed posture hand, One pair of weapon holding hand, One pair of fist posture hand, One pair of Orc braces (can be equipped on regular 12 inch body to build an orc), One sixth scaled Evenstar, One elfish cape with leaf pin, One pair of long sleeved undervest, One pair of long underpants, One leather vest, One authentic Aragorn ranger leather coat, One belt plus sheath holder, One pair of leather boots, One traveling gear A, One traveling gear B, One ranger sword, One elfish dagger, One bow, One sword sheath, One elfish dagger sheath, One arrow / bow holder, Arrow x 6, One arrow gear, One interactive custom base, One Asmus Toys figure stand. Bonus: Combating Expressive Head (pre-order only)

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Hot Toys Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope 1/6th scale Sandtrooper 12" Collectible Figure

At Star Wars Celebration last month, the Hot Toys 1/6th scale Sandtrooper Collectible Figure was shown for the first time worldwide! Many Star Wars fans were excited to see this trooper making his first appearance and were in awe of the great details on this Imperial soldier! Today we are very happy to officially present this 1/6th scale Sandtrooper Collectible Figure from the classic Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope!

The highly-accurate Sandtrooper collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of the Squad Leader on Tatooine. The specialized trooper features a meticulously crafted Sandtrooper armor and helmet with signature weathering effects, a highly detailed survival backpack, 3 types of blasters, a Patrol Droid as seen in the Special Edition of the film, and a specially designed desert-themed figure stand!


Sideshow Collectibles also released a similar Sandtrooper 12-inch figure and that wasn't too bad either. You can check out the review and pictures posted on my toy blog HERE and HERE. Scroll down to see the rest of the pictures of Hot Toys "Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope" 1/6th scale Sandtrooper 12-inch Collectible Figure. Click on them for bigger and better views.

REDMAN TOYS 1/6th The Outlaw Cowboy 12-inch figure aka Clint Eastwood as Josey Wales

The Outlaw Josey Wales is a 1976 American revisionist Western DeLuxe Color and Panavision film set during and after the American Civil War. It was directed by and starred Clint Eastwood (as the eponymous Josey Wales), with Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, Sam Bottoms, and Geraldine Keams. The plot is straightforward: Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood), a Missouri farmer, is driven to revenge by the murder of his wife and son by a band of pro-Union Jayhawkers—Senator James H. Lane's Kansas Brigade.

REDMAN TOYS 1/6th The Outlaw Cowboy 12-inch Collectible Figure will include: Head sculpt with Hat, Red scarf, Gray coat, Blue shirt, Brown pants with Brown Leather belt, Colt Walker 1847s Pistol x 2, Colt Army Pistol x 2, Colt Walker 1847s Leather belt with holsters x 2, Colt Army Leather shoulder holster, Cowboy Boots with Metal Spurs, 12-inch Figure Body with hands x 2.


I've always wanted a 12-inch Clint Eastwood as Western cowboy figure. After all, he rose to international fame with his role as the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy of spaghetti Westerns during the 1960s before becoming just as famous as antihero cop Harry Callahan in the five Dirty Harry films throughout the 1970s and 1980s. These roles, among others, have made him an enduring cultural icon of masculinity. I already have a 1:6 scale Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan 12-inch figure released by Brother Production called Hard-boiled Harry posted on my toy blog HERE and HERE. It would be nice to act Wild West Clint to the collection.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

VIKING “I’m Still Alive” Policewoman 1:6 scale Head sculpt and Accessory set aka Jill Valentine

Jill Valentine is a fictional character in the Resident Evil (Biohazard in Japan) horror franchise by Capcom. Jill made her debut appearance in 1996 as one of the protagonists of the original Resident Evil game, in which she is a member of the U.S. special police unit STARS (Special Tactics And Rescue Squad) trapped in a mysterious mansion along with her team partner Chris Redfield. Jill is featured in several Resident Evil games including Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil: Revelations, where she is in conflict against the shadowy company Umbrella Corporation and its splinter groups. Jill is also a founding member and key field operative of the paramilitary organization BSAA.

Jill Valentine first appears as one of two playable main protagonists of the original Resident Evil game (1996), in which she is an explosives expert of Raccoon Police Department's Special Tactics And Rescue Squad (STARS) and a partner to Chris Redfield. Jill's family ethnic background is half-French, half-Japanese, and she is a former operative of the U.S. Army's secretive special unit known as Delta Force, where she was an explosives expert.


Jill's plain clothes in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis was adapted for Sienna Guillory's role as Jill in the film "Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)". This design was criticized by some as fan service unsuitable for the series' relatively serious theme. Maxim ranked Jill in this outfit as among their top six "video game vixens" in 2009, stating that "no one in the history of video games has ever looked sexier or more desirable."

VIKING “I’m Still Alive” Policewoman 1:6 scale Head sculpt and Accessory set aka Jill Valentine will come with: Head, Blue Tube Top, Skirt, White Coat, Stockings, Boots, Bag, Clips Bag, Gloved Hands, M9 Pistol, Tactical Holster. *Body not included.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Square Enix Play Arts Kai Batman: Arkham Knight 1/7 Harley Quinn Action Figure Revealed

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"It would be a shame to get blood all over my nice new outfit" ― Harley Quinn

A Blackgate Prison and Arkham Asylum psychiatrist initially assigned to treat the Joker, Dr. Harleen Quinzel instead became fixated on her patient, believing herself to be in love with him. She helped him escape from confinement and took on her own criminal identity as Harley Quinn. Quinn is a violent and unpredictable felon whose only motivation, beyond general mayhem, is achieving the Joker’s approval. Because of his cruel and mercurial nature, this in some ways makes her just another one of his victims - albeit a very dangerous one.

Harley Quinn appears in Batman: Arkham Knight as one of Batman's many antagonists, as well as being the second confirmed playable character in the game. She will feature her own unique gadgets and gameplay elements. She dons a costume similar to her appearance in 2011's Batman: Arkham City and also seems to combine that look with her "New 52" getup, along with a few friendly nods towards the nurse outfit from 2009's Batman: Arkham Asylum.


This is Square Enix Play Arts Kai Batman: Arkham Knight 1/7th scale Harley Quinn Action Figure. The femme fatale figure features multiple points of articulation, three sets of hands, two head sculpts, a policeman’s hat, a baseball bat, a pistol, and a figure stand. Not bad for a character that started out on TV. Harley Quinn was created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, based on (and created for) Dini's friend Arleen Sorkin, who provided the character's voice for the animated Batman television series "Batman: The Animated Series" which aired from September 5, 1992 to September 15, 1995, with a total of 85 episodes. The character was so popular that she was eventually incorporated into the DC Comics universe. And look at where she is now.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Pre-order Sideshow Collectibles 25-inch tall Batman: Arkham Asylum Premium Format Figure

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"There's no escape, Joker! I will find you!"

Celebrating a long legacy of comic book mythos, 2009’s Batman: Arkham Asylum delivered a revolutionary experience with advanced, compelling gameplay on every level – from immersive high-impact brawls and nail-biting stealth, to multifaceted forensic investigation, epic supervillain encounters and glimpses into Bruce Wayne’s tortured psychology. In honor of this exciting video game, which sparked a groundbreaking saga, Sideshow Collectibles is proud to present the Batman: Arkham Asylum Premium Format™ Figure.

Trapped in the depths of a mental hospital for the criminally insane with Gotham City’s most dangerous villains, Batman is poised for combat atop an Arkham Asylum themed base. An interchangeable swap-out hand keeps a Batarang at the ready; the solitary crime fighter moves stealthily in the shadows, instigating fear among enemies. Decked out in his industrial style Batsuit from the game, the Dark Knight's iconic black and grey costume features intricate texture detailing, essential utility belt, wicked bladed gauntlets and a free-flowing tailored cape. Displayed on his own, or in direct confrontation with the Joker, the Batman: Arkham Asylum Premium Format™ Figure is an exceptional addition to any Batman or video game collection.


Sideshow Collectibles Batman: Arkham Asylum Premium Format™ Figure measures 25" H (635mm) x 12" W (304.8mm) x 12" L (304.8mm). SIDESHOW EXCLUSIVE: Additional left hand holding three batarangs.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Get ready for Hot Toys Arkham City Batman, John Blake & Jim Gordon, RoboCop & Murphy +

Hot Toys announcement:
Hi everyone,

We got news of the upcoming product releases for you all today!

The Dark Knight Rises John Blake & Jim Gordon with Bat-Signal, Arkham City Batman, Iron Man Mark XLI, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Raiden, RoboCop and Murphy, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Electro are coming in the near future!

Are you ready for them?